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By Eli Rosenberg

In an interview, Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, cited polls that showed that only about 17 percent of Jews supported Republican candidates in the midterm elections.

“This is not a coincidence,” she said, citing the Trump administration’s family separation policy, its travel ban that targeted predominantly Muslim countries, and its work to dismantle Obamacare. “This is a rejection of Trump and his policies. His policies are antithetical to Jewish values.”

Soifer said she didn’t take the Republican Party’s uproar about Omar at face value.

“When President Trump invoked anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories on his campaign, Republicans were silent. When President trump equated white supremacists and neo-Nazis with those protesting them, Republicans were silent. And when leading Republicans, including Minority Leader McCarthy, invoked tropes, Republicans were silent,” Soifer said. “So this is the height of hypocrisy.”